General Interest Programs

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Dog Obedience

Basic Obedience

Develop a rewarding relationship with your dog! This course will guide you to establish clear communication with your canine companion. Obedience and manners will be introduced through a series of on-leash exercises. You will learn how to motivate and reward your dog to reinforce cooperation, as well as how to capture and nurture calmness. These techniques will boost your dog’s confidence and impulse control, and combined with structure and fulfillment at home, will help you to resolve or prevent problem behavior. Dogs should be at least 6 months of age to take the course. Class size is limited so early registration is recommended. Pit Bulls and Staff Terriers cannot be accepted in this class due to city ordinances. Participates are required to bring current rabies certificate the first day of class.  Once registered there will be an informational letter mailed explaining rules/expectations, supplies and directions to the class.

Mar 01 - Apr 05
North Ottumwa Campus
Sun, 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Rural Services Training Ctr
$80.00
W. Steingreaber

Mar 01 - Apr 05
North Ottumwa Campus
Sun, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Rural Services Training Ctr
$80.00
W. Steingreaber

Apr 15 - May 13
North Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Rural Services Training Ctr
$80.00
W. Steingreaber

Advanced Dog Obedience

For the everywhere dog! This course will strengthen your dog’s understanding of behavior expectations in public spaces and real-world scenarios. Each week, the group will meet in a different location to proof obedience and focus around distractions. City parks, hiking trails, and dog-friendly businesses are great places to practice leash manners, duration work, recalls, and pack socialization. Instructor approval and completion of Basic Obedience are prerequisites for this course. Dogs should be at least 6 months of age to take the course. Class size is limited so early registration is recommended. Pit Bulls and Staff Terriers cannot be accepted in this class due to city ordinances. Please bring a current rabies certificate the first day of class. 

Please check back in the Spring for more class times.

Educational

Advanced Digital Photography

Take it beyond basic, come learn flash photography to enhance photos and learn some “trick” photography.  Learn to take photos that will impress all your friends and family!  

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Internet/Email Safety

This is an informational class about safety on the Internet.  Learn about internet hackers, identity scams and phishing, viruses and other threats.  

Dec 09 - Dec 09
20/YR*VOC*1021*101
Ottumwa Campus
Mon, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 216 - $35.00
W. Shilling

American Sign Language

This “hands-on” course introduces the participants to American Sign Language with basic grammar, vocabulary, finger spelling, numbers, Deaf History and information relating to Deaf Culture. The instructor has over 30 years of experience as a Sign Language Interpreter.

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Intermediate Sign Language

This course is a continuation of ASL I. Participants will increase their vocabulary as well as expressive and receptive signing skills through instruction and various activities. Pre-requisite: ASL I or with permission from the instructor.

Nov 18 - Dec 09
20/YR*Eli*1001*102
Ottumwa Campus
Mon, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 110 - $100.00
L. Bishop

iPad/iPhone for Work or Play

Discover what your iPhone and iPad operating systems can do for you. Explore cool features and apps, including Family Sharing, Health, enhanced notifications, time-lapse photo mode, group messages with voice and video, Quick-Type and more. Please note: iPhones and iPads will not be provided.

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Smartphone for Dummies-Android/iPad/iPhone for Work or Play

Do you have a new phone? Would you like to use your smart phone to its full potential? This class is for you! Learn about the "apps" and everything "cool" about your new phone.   This class will be showing both iPhone and Android.

Nov 18 - Nov 18
20/YR*NON*1260*101
Ottumwa Campus
Mon, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $29.00
W. Shilling

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Essential Oils Make & Take Class

Are you ready to get energized?  Or would you like to relieve stress?  You can get the best of both at this essential oils make-and-take class!  Whether you are new to essential oils or you already use them, this class will be a fun way to learn about them and make some amazing blends to take home with you.  You will have the option to make two blends.  You can choose from energy, stress relief, calming, headache relief, and/or immune support.  Each person will take home two blends of rollerballs, sprays, or one of each.  In addition to the class fee there will be a $10 supply fee payable to the instructor the night of class.  Of course, if you want more than two blends, you are welcome to make more for an additional $5 fee per bottle.  This class will be a great way to have some fun and experience the magic of essential oils! 

Jan 28 - Jan 28
20/YR*NON*1327*104
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
T. Reck 

Oils of the Bible 

What the Bible says sets a biblical foundation for the use of modern day essential oils. We will explore the uses in the Old and New Testaments to uncover where the oils came from, how they were made and how they were used in biblical times. We will reveal the oils and spices most commonly mentioned in the Bible. Learn their origins, histories, significance and how they can be used today to help our bodies heal.

Dec 03 - Dec 03
20/YR*NON*1327*103
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
T. Reck 

Mar 31 - Mar 31
20/YR*NON*1327*105
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
T. Reck 

Raising Backyard Chickens

Raising chickens for fun and food is both easy and inexpensive.  Learn about chickens, selecting the best type, stages of development, and basic care, feed, and housing, from chick to adult. Learn how to raise your own hens, and have both fun and fresh eggs every day.

Feb 08 - Feb 08
20/YR*NON*1645*103
Ottumwa Campus
Sat, 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
C. Goodwin

Mar 12 - Mar 12
20/YR*NON*1645*104
Ottumwa Campus
Thurs, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
C. Goodwin

Discovery Flight - Red Bird Simulator

This course is geared for the student who has never flown before or for a pilot who just wants to experience the thrill of flying a full motion simulator.  Participants will meet and get a short orientation to the Redbird Flight Simulator and then discuss the purpose of the course.  Participants will have an hour in the Redbird Simulator to discover the sensation of flight without having to leave the ground. You can register for the class beginning Aug 26 through Dec 19. Once you have registered and paid online you will be contacted by the IHCC Aviation Department to schedule a time for your lesson. 

Aug 26 - Dec 19
North Ottumwa Campus
Aviation Bldg
Rm: 51 - $82.00
B. Hammack 

You can register for the class below beginning Jan 06 through May 14. Once you have registered and paid online you will be contacted by the IHCC Aviation Department to schedule a time for your lesson. 

Jan 06 - May 14
North Ottumwa Campus
Aviation Bldg
Rm: 51 - $82.00
B. Hammack 

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Financial Planning

Retirement! It’s almost here…

Retirement is on the horizon, you can see it coming… but are you really ready for it? We look forward to retirement with much anticipation, but have we anticipated the resources we’ll need to support that life change? This course helps define evaluation steps necessary in support of your new role. You will receive information on income planning, insurance reviews, evaluation of assets, important documents such as wills, POA, or Trust documents, and beyond. Join us to understand what you can do to plan for retirement.

Feb 04 - Feb 04
20/YR*ELI*1123*108
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

Mar 18 - Mar 18
20/YR*ELI*1123*109
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

I’m Retired! Now What?

Congratulations! You’re retired. You’ve planned well and have the necessary resources to celebrate this achievement. But have you thought beyond the goal of retirement? Considered how technology is changing our lives, how we’re living longer? This course looks at ways to potentially extend your resources or consider other options to help maintain your desired lifestyle.

Feb 19 - Feb 19
20/YR*ELI*1123*112
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

Apr 14 - Apr 14
20/YR*ELI*1123*113
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

Legacy Planning: Sharing the Wealth

This course focuses on Legacy planning and discusses ways to help assure your intentions are met. We’ll discuss the transfer of assets over generations and steps that can be pursued to provide specific instruction for the disbursement of assets to loved ones, charities, and endowments.

Mar 10 - Mar 10
20/YR*ELI*1123*110
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

Apr 22 - Apr 22
20/YR*ELI*1123*111
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

Social Security for You

Navigating and interpreting the options available in Social Security can be a challenge. One size does not fit all. Do you want to retire early? Do you plan to work longer? Are health issues a pressing concern? Your unique situation is a major consideration in determining when to take Social Security benefits. This class is designed to provide you with knowledge surrounding current rules and options that may be available so you can make an informed decision regarding your retirement planning.

Feb 18 - Feb 18
20/YR*ELI*1222*108
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Kramer

Mar 17 - Mar 17
20/YR*ELI*1222*109
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Kramer

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Nutrition

Nutritional classes are offered by Heather Larsen of Eating for PR’s, LLC.

Run Coaching Program 

Got some big running goals? Whether you're looking to run your first race or you're trying to qualify for Boston, having a coach to help you design your training plan and provide ongoing feedback is one of the best ways to reach your goal. Athletes receive custom training plans accessible through Training Peaks, weekly feedback on workouts, and unlimited email correspondence. Let's chase down those goals together!

Individualized Coaching includes:
1) Weekly Personalized Training Plan Development
2) Weekly Workout Analysis, Check In and Feedback
3) Run-Fueling Guidance
4) Weekly Plan Modifications based on workout performance and circumstances
5) Unlimited Support via phone and/or email
6) Race Strategy Planning

Participants can enroll at any time between Aug 27 - Oct 31. Once you have registered and paid online Heather will contact you to get the challenge underway! Tuition $225   

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Nutrition Coaching 

Eating shouldn't be rigid, painful or tell you can't go out for pizza every once in a while! Let me help you find balance with nutrition by focusing on a non-diet approach to mindfully eating to nourish your body. We start with a goal setting session where we discuss your goals, and what you hope to gain from nutrition coaching. We explore your relationship with food, eating patterns and health habits to build a road map towards your nutrition goals, followed by weekly online support and customized meal planning services.

Participants can enroll at any time between Aug 27 - Oct. 31. Once you have registered and paid online Heather will contact you to get the challenge underway! Tuition $99

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Crafts

Power tools 101 – Christmas Edition

It’s time to conquer your fear and discover how to use a wide variety of power tools in a safe and friendly environment.  This is a fun, interactive class where you will learn to safely and efficiently operate some of the most common power tools.  During the class you will get to practice your skills while making your own countdown to Christmas sign.  You will go home with a project and the knowledge to do some of those DIY projects you’ve been thinking about! An additional $10 supply fee will be collected the day of class by the instructor.

Powertool

Nov 22 - Nov 22
20/YR*NON*3131*101
Ottumwa Campus
Fri, 1:30 PM - 4:30PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Room 111A - $40.00
D. Terrian

 

 

 

Chalk Couture Workshop-Christmas Sign

JOIN US for a super fun CHALK COUTURE to create a Christmas sign that will impress all your friends!  Lori will have a variety of design options for you to choose from.  Grab your friends and come spend a fun evening with us creating home décor you will be proud to display!  There will be an additional $30 supply fee paid to the instructor the night of class.  Sign up early as space is limited!

Christmas ChalkboardDec 9 - Dec 9 
20/YR*NON*2062*102
Ottumwa Campus
Mon, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 116 - $20.00
L. Hammes

  

 

Chalk Couture Book Stack

Why not add a little personalized decorative book stack to your home decor?! And learn how to do it yourself with one of the coolest new crafting methods out there today! Chalk Couture is a process of applying chalk paste to almost any surface using a silkscreen transfer to create a super quick and beautiful DIY masterpiece. Supply cost: $10.00

Chalk Book StackJan 30 - Jan 30                                          
20/YR*NON*2062*103
Ottumwa Campus
Thurs, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 116 - $20.00
L. Hammes

 

 

Barn Quilt Painting

Do you have a barn, garage, wall, or fence that needs a little color added to it? These painted barn quilts can go inside your home or outside and they can be almost any color combination you desire! You choose from over twenty different patterns. We do all the prep work and bring the supplies to you. After three hours (or less) of painting you'll go home with a beautiful 20"x20" barn quilt to proudly display or gift to someone special. It's super easy and lots of fun!  Once you have registered for the class you will be contacted by the instructor for your barn quilt pattern, as well as payment for supplies.   Supply cost: $25.00

Barn QuiltFeb 06 - Feb 06
20/YR*NON*1934*101
Ottumwa Campus
Thurs, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 116 - $30.00
L. Hammes

 

 

Welcome Mat

You've seen these super popular coir welcome mats online and in stores, but wouldn't you rather make your own?! These customizable doormats can range from sarcastic to sweet. You decide whether to greet your guests with a nice "Welcome to our home" sentiment or a sassy "Come back with tacos", or maybe simply a monogram or family name. We'll bring all the supplies - you bring your paint shirt!  Once you have registered for the class you will be contacted by the instructor for your welcome mat saying, as well as payment for supplies. Supply cost is $20.00.

Welcome MatMar 26 - Mar 26
20/YR*NON*1922*101
Ottumwa Campus
Thurs, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 116 - $20.00
L. Hammes

 

 

Classes held at the Sigourney Service Center

Sashay Scarves-You Will Be Hooked!

Who doesn’t love to add a little something to their fashion? This simple scarf can be that final touch to add to your outfits. The best part is once you’ve mastered this simple scarf making design you will be able to make your own. You can make enough for all your outfits and or give them as gifts! We will go over the simple crochet step to creating this sashay style scarf, a few tips and tricks to hopefully make it even simpler for everyone and then work on our scarf. By the end of the class you should have your scarf completed and be ready to get more yarn because you will be hooked on making these lovely scarfs that are so simple to make. You will need a skein of sashay yarn and a crochet hook. The 9mm or J work the best!

Dec 10 - Dec  10
20/YR*NON*1060*101
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
$25.00
C. Howard

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Food & Entertainment 

Christmas Cookie Creations

Need a little help to get your creative juices flowing when it comes to decorating cookies?  Join us in this class and learn to decorate with royal icing.  Claire’s Cookie Jar will provide 2 dozen delicious sugar cookies, royal icing, and embellishments for you to decorate with.  You’ll be ready to celebrate the season when you take your beautiful creations home to share (or not) with family and friends!  An additional $15 supply fee will be collected the night of class by the instructor.  

Christmas CookiesDec 04 - Dec 04
20/YR*NON*1136*102
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Food Complex Ctr
Rm: B80- $20.00
S. Stevens

 

 

Holiday Cookies: Baking with Kids

Tis almost the season, which means now is the time to sign up for our holiday cookie class and spend quality time with your kids by enlisting their help with these tasty, easy-to-make desserts. Let us help lessen your holiday stress by baking with us at the IHCC baking lab. You will make, bake and decorate a variety of holiday cookies to take home and share with your family and friends. The adventure awaits those who roll up their sleeves and roll out the dough. Cost for the class includes tuition for one adult and one child, only the adult needs to register for the class. Sign up today, space is limited!

Dec 07 - Dec 07
20/YR*NON*1136*101
Ottumwa Campus
Sat, 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Food Service Complex Bldg
Rm: Culinary Lab - $40.00
M. Fisher

Kids Cooking Time Fun

Bring your kids with to have some fun making Cinnamon rolls.  Each  team will get their own dough to roll out and have the filling to fill it with.  Once the dough is proofing and baking we will make up the frosting to top them off with.  Come ready to enjoy some fun hands on time with your kids on a cold winter day. You might want to bring a container with to take home your goodies in.  Since you will be working in pairs only the adult needs to register for the class. 

Feb 08 - Feb 08
20/YR*NON*1136*103
Ottumwa Campus
Sat, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Food Service Complex Bldg
Rm: Baking Lab - $30.00
J. Juran

Baking 102

In this class we will dive deeper into how to start to build desserts.  We will have a few cakes already made and will make up and talk about different ways to fill them from frosting to mousse and custards.  Come ready to learn and have a cake to take home with you to share with the family at the end of the day.

Mar 21 - Mar 21
20/YR*NON*1266*103
Ottumwa Campus
Sat, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Food Service Complex Bldg
Rm: Baking Lab - $30.00
J. Juran

Get Ready for BBQ Season

We will go over a few different types of marinades and BBQ sauces to make at home that are fast and great tasting.   Come ready to learn how to take your next gathering to the next level.  Cost of the class includes lunch that will be served at the conclusion of class, sampling meats and sauces that have been marinated and created during the class.  Participants are also allowed to bring their own beer to enjoy while grilling or with their lunch. 

Apr 11 - Apr 11
20/YR*NON*1253*102
Ottumwa Campus
Sat, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Food Service Complex Bldg
Rm: Baking Lab - $35.00
J. Juran

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Fitness

Self-Defense Techniques for Everyday People

Be prepared.  Both men and women need to know simple, personal protection techniques to protect themselves or loved ones.  Learn from a self-defense expert, essential, easy-to-use close quarter defensive techniques and strategies, which use your body and your surroundings to increase personal safety.  If you work late, park in dark parking lots or are out alone at night, this class will teach you defensive techniques. 

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Zumba

Do you have an inner Jennifer Lopez longing to emerge?  Then, come on out and join this one-hour class that will have you moving to a combination of Latin and current Pop music.  Brandea McCann is a certified Zumba® instructor that will have you burning a ton of calories without even realizing it!  No dance experience is required and all fitness levels are welcome.  No class on April 7th.

Jan 07 - May 12
20/YR*NON*1020*103
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 5:15PM - 6:15PM
Hellyer Student Life Ctr
Rm: Dance - $50.00
B. McCann

Muscle Up! 

This class offers community, energy, and motivation to help deliver fitness results by developing strength and endurance in your major muscle groups.  We will be using high repetitions of light to moderate weight in this fun workout. This will be a 15 week program in a small group setting so sign up early as space is limited!  No Class April 6th & 8th.

Jan 13 - May 13
20/YR*NON*1725*102
Ottumwa Campus
Mon & Wed, 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Tom Arnold Net Ctr on Mon
Hellyer Student Life Ctr on Wed
Rm: Weight - $100.00
J. Hammack

Yoga for the Mind & Body

Create balance by developing both strength and flexibility through yoga. Relieve stress, find focus and achieve peace of mind, body and spirit. This class will focus on breathing techniques, stretching, toning, balance and relaxation. Although Yoga is for everyBODY and EVERYbody, many of the yoga positions include floor exercises. If you have physical limitations or questions, please contact us. You will need to bring a yoga mat to class--Yoga blocks are not required but recommended. Class size is limited, therefore, participants must register and pay prior to the session to hold their place in the class. Please no ‘walk-ins’. Namaste!  No class April 8th.

Jan 15 - May 13
20/YR*NON*1451*102
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 5:15PM - 6:15PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $75.00
K. Sisler

Insanity

Looking for INSANE results? INSANITY may be your answer. Jennifer Hess is certified in Shaun T's INSANITY workout. Insanity entails max interval training which includes cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training. The program involves long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest so you can burn calories and sculpt muscles. The course will begin with 30 minute sessions and build up to 50 minutes. This class will push your limits but modifications are adaptable to any fitness level. No class April 6th & 8th.

Jan 13 - May 13
20/YR*NON*1020*104
Ottumwa Campus
Mon & Wed, 5:15PM - 6:15PM
Hellyer Student Life Ctr
Rm: Dance - $100.00
J. Hess

Country Line Dancing

This popular dance class is a great opportunity to learn modern Country Line Dances and also serves as an exercise class. The sessions start at the beginner level and progresses from there. No partner necessary. Get your friends together and come have some fun.

Dec 05 - Feb 27
20/YR*NON*1005*101
Ottumwa Campus
Thurs, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Hellyer Student Life Ctr
Rm: Dance - $50.00
T. Roberts

Golf For Everybody

This class covers all of the basic skills needed to play golf.  Grip, stance, full swing, putting, chipping and pitching are covered as well as etiquette and rules.  Class will be held at Cedar Creek Golf Course. If you are already a golfer wanting to improve your game or just starting out this class if for you.

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 It’s “Tee” Time- Indoor Golf Lessons

Just because it’s cold outside you don’t have to put your clubs away! The winter months are an excellent time to take lessons. You can focus on improving your technique without worrying about your game. Improve your swing and work on putting now and be ready for a better score when the season begin!

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Disc Golf FUNdamentals

Join Disc Golf Hall of Fame member, Bob Kramer, to learn the basics of Frisbee golf, along with a few advanced tips and tricks to help you learn the game or up your game.   This course will help you get ready to enjoy your spring and summer play on the many local disc golf courses in the area and around the country.

Apr 21 - Apr 21
20/YR*NON*1011*103
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Kramer

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Amy HammackAmy Hammack, Coordinator
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5216 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5216
Email: Amy.Hammack@indianhills.edu 

Continuing Education Course Refund Policy:

In order to qualify for a refund, you must cancel your registration at least 3 business days prior to course start.  If you have not prepaid for the class, charges will be assessed to your account if you do not cancel within the required timeframe or if you do not show up for the class you will be charged.  Exceptions will be made only in extreme circumstances.  To cancel a registration, call us at 1-800-346-4413.